I interrupt this blog with a very important announcement:
It's actually been this way for a while. Most people on his side found out at a funeral. We told my parents tonight at dinner (they are here for a day to visit). There's no ring yet. The proposal was totally spontaneous and therefore the truest, most emotionally laid-bare question I've ever been asked. Who cares if we weren't traditionally prepared? It was the right moment. We are fairly non-traditional people. And one thing I'm learning (sometimes the hard way, truth be told) is that the older you get, the more you have to just let your expectations go. Remold them. Make them your own. Or, even, just (gasp, those who know me) be in the moment in the most loving, emotionally present way you can.
We are not rich. We won't have, don't want, a lavish day. I see Mason jars, candles, wildflowers, nature, loved ones, children, friends. Simple elegance. All we want for our lives is a happy home, a happy family, and to be rich with the love from friends and family that we can share at suppers, camp fires, what have you. There is only one life to be lived, and I want to live the width of it, not just the length.
I told my parents (married 35 years) I wanted their wedding month because it was lucky. They both teared up. My dad said, "Welcome to the family."
I haven't known my fiance long, but we were instant best friends from the moment we met at grad school (I was complaining about the library being "too modern" ... we wound up pairing up for partner assignments and working in the only Tudor-style building on campus). He is a wonderfully nerdy type. He listens to historical lectures while walking the dog. He loves Downton Abbey. He geeks out to some computer game where you make your own civilization and try to survive. He is a total morning person (I am a total mess in the morning) and makes me coffee and doesn't remind me what time it is. He washes the dishes and compliments my cooking. He teaches me how to use Netflix on the TV. When he came to visit me in the fall after finishing our respective masters' theses, we had two magical days together and ... I just knew I was coming back east with him. And I did just that. I could go on and on but you get the gist.
Suffice to say, this blog will surely have some wedding-related chat over the coming months. Sure hope you don't mind that mixing with the food porn from time to time!
hope you're having a lovely weekend. oh, i did finally locate my camera charger so pictures are coming very soon!
love and light,